By Chris Wright
Largely due to the fact that he’s probably tatered, Lionel Messi’s performances at the Copa America have been a little off-colour so far, with pint-sized mopey tantrums here and free-kicks hoofed into the ionosphere there.
However, Messi finally pulled his finger out and got his act together in time for Argentina’s comfortable 3-0 win over Costa Rica (who, in fairness, fielded a ‘developmental’ U23 side) last night – playing a part in almost every wave of attack and providing two assists as Sergio Aguero (2) and Angel Di Maria netted for the Albiceleste…
Things must be looking up, as wee Leo even cracked a smile for the first time in a fortnight…
For the record, the victory over Costa Rica ensured that Argentina will go through from Group A and into the quarter-finals along with group-winners Colombia.